Details fade, but a true insight changes your point of view.
“A bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul.”
Being humbled is perhaps the most effective way to help a person see reality more clearly.
When thinking, should negative thoughts crop up, make a conscious effort to recognise that they don’t serve you and that you can transmute them into something that does. For when you repeatedly embrace negativity, the neural pathways on which these thoughts and feelings travel will strengthen, and they form habits.
While determinism has been disproved by quantum mechanics, free will still certainly doesn’t exist in the way our egos wish it did. Thus, there’s very limited sense in blaming ‘yourself’ for anything. Your actions are out of ‘your’ power. We are simply water following cracks in a pavement. If however you see yourself as all of nature rather than only a part of it, then free will does exist because there is nothing external to control you.
Familiarity obscures reality.
It’s ironic that when you take life less seriously, it treats you better.
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing” – Socrates
Be extremely skeptical of anyone that tells you anything is absolutely a certain way.